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Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

There is no greater fear than when it seems all hope is lost. Have you ever felt this way? Hopeless? John Maxwell has an acronym for hope... "Holding On, Praying Expectantly" When we are holding on to hope, we are waiting...and waiting...and waiting... That holding on part can be tough. I picture myself standing in… Continue reading Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

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When Sitting Shoulder to Shoulder is All You Can Do

  What do we say to someone who has suffered great loss? How can we adequately express the deep sorrow that we feel for someone when they are in mourning? I recently had the privilege of hearing someone speak at a Memorial Service and they said something like this... "What if we all acted like… Continue reading When Sitting Shoulder to Shoulder is All You Can Do

Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

As we sat in the snow covered cemetery under a big flapping tent in folding metal chairs, I watched as her hand gingerly reach over to brace herself on the nearby headstone.  She used it as leverage to push herself up out of her chair, into the cold wind, and stand to speak. My mom.… Continue reading Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

Putting our Thoughts in Their Rightful Place

Surely he will realize how disruptive he is being.  For heaven's sake, church has started!  The lights are dimmed.  The opening video is playing.  People are seated quietly.  Why does he keep talking...and laughing...and talking some more?  And who is he talking with?  It takes two, right?  Who is the other person who is not… Continue reading Putting our Thoughts in Their Rightful Place

Bumper Cars and Closed Doors

Real Talk About the Beating We Can Take When We're Trying to Find Direction   We've all been there. Decisions need to be made.  Clarity is elusive.  Discernment is on vacation. What school should I send my kids too?  Where should I work?  Should I work at all?  Should I start that business?  Should I… Continue reading Bumper Cars and Closed Doors